We’ve all been there — stuck in bed with a tap-like nose, a headache that feels like your cranium is ready to give way and a cough that could give your uncle who smokes 40 a day a run for its money. Don’t fear, dear freshers, there’s no need to comb through NHS symptom checker — here’s our step-by-step guide to surviving freshers’ flu.
1. Lemon, Ginger & Honey tea
What you need when your body is punishing you for partying too much, is homemade lemon tea with ginger and honey. Simply put everything in a mug and pour boiling water over. Let it brew for at least 5 minutes. Can’t get any easier than that.
Lemon and ginger are very good for when you need to reboot your body. Lemon is packed with vitamin C, B6, A and E. Ginger is good for soothing nausea, so what are you waiting for?
2. Change to a healthier diet
We’re all partial to a cheeky Dominos but the only thing a mountain of cheese and dough is going to add to your life is a few extra pounds. Introduce more fruit and vegetables into your daily diet to help defend against those nasty coughs and colds. If your worried about the extra cash, Kingston market is great for cheap deals on fresh produce — we managed to pick up eight avocados for a pound. EIGHT!
3. Get some sleep
Your 1pm lay-ins after a heavy night at Pryzm are not what we’re talking about. At some point, enough is enough and you have to get some real sleep. A good night’s rest is one of the best ways to help beat that freshers’ flu that’s got you down. Organise your day, get all your necessities done early on (including that dreaded 9am) and get in bed with Netflix and a big cup of tea by 9pm. We know its not the MOST FUN thing, but it’s the best for your attendance and health.
4. Wash your bed sheets
Remember when you were a kid and your mum washed your sheets and put you to bed with hot chocolate? Well, you’re not a kid now. Time to grow up. Sleeping in old sheets smeared with stale beer, freshers’ week McDonalds and month-old mascara is not only going to make your skin break out, but won’t be the most attractive thing to late night visitors. Buy some Persil and sort your life out.
5. Take a break from drinking
You’re probably thinking: WHAT?
Alcohol + the flu = worse flu tomorrow. Give your body that well deserved break!
Get well soon and welcome back, everyone!